Meeting set for Monticello master plan

A nine-month process has yielded a draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Monticello, and the public will be able to hear more about it at a public open house scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in the Monticello Municipal Building.

Cameras approved for Bement park

The Bement Village Board has approved the purchase of security cameras that will be focusing on Veterans Memorial Park.

The town will purchase three cameras from ADT Security Systems and will begin installation in the next week, according to Bement Police Officer David Lansford.

County approves zoning amendments

In a 4 to 1 decision, the Piatt County Board Sept. 10 approved several changes to the Piatt County Zoning Ordinance. The most impactful of these changes is removal of language requiring those seeking special use permits in certain zoned areas to have a minimum of five acres.

Mansfield library now automated

The Blue Ridge Township Library in Mansfield has gone online with the Illinois Heartland Library System, giving patrons access to over 10 million items that span the system’s 525 libraries throughout the state.

Tackling the Appalachian Trail

Thomas Atkins of White Heath left for the Appalachian Trail to take care of unfinished business. When he completed it 2,185.4 miles later he was left with a restored faith in humanity and a master plan for his future.

Mansfield trying to get grants to help flood victi

The Village of Mansfield is looking into ways of helping residents whose homes have been heavily damaged by flooding this summer, and they are exploring Federal Emergency Management Agency grants through the Blue Acres program as an option to do so.

Medicine Show planned

Monticellobration will offer Dr. Cochran’s Traveling Medicine Show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 on the Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello. Gentlemen of good will and ladies of fine taste will not want to miss Dr. Cochran, the “people’s physician!”

Davis on board with potential action against ISIL

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has released the following statement after President Obama's address to the nation the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 10:

Appointments being taken for LIHEAP program

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL) began scheduling appointments for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Sept. 2.

Dog park to open Sept. 20

By Brian Murphy
Piatt County Journal-Republican

Local dogs around Monticello will soon have a place of their own to run and play outdoors. Robert Milligan Memorial Dog Park is set to open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

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